Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
Jeremiah says, the heart is wicked but Ezekiel says God will give us a brand new one. So Christians can stop talking as though their heart is wicked because the very nature of being a Christian means we have a brand new heart and God’s very own Spirit within to “cause” us to do what He has for us to do.
In the New Covenant God says, “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts…” (Jeremiah 31:33 & Hebrews 8:10)
Christ in you is the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27).
Christ is your life! (Colossians 3:4).
You are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The real you, the you God made you to be “in Christ” wants what your Father, God wants. When a Christian moves over into selfishness and even sin, they are operating as someone they’re not! This is what the Apostle Paul discovered when he said, “If I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me” (Romans 7:20). So we see that Paul, the real Paul, who he is in Christ, wants to do what’s right but can find no ability in himself to do it so he finally sees there is someone else that is the real source of his sin problem.
In Ephesians 2:2 we find out fallen man’s real trouble is that he is being operated by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now working “in” the sons of disobedience.” In John’s first letter he names this spirit the “spirit of error” (1 John 4:6). He tells us the people of the world or, those without Christ have a “he” in them and we, Christians, have The “He” in us. So there is always someone else living in us. No matter what, we are never just “I” as if operating independently. We are always in union with another!
Now we come to the reason for the Cross. Jesus was made like us in that He was a flesh being, a vessel/temple, for the Spirit to live in. We know that He did this without fail, or sin, therefore He was the exact image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15&19) and He went to the Cross to die the death of us sinners (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus, as a vessel, took the “spirit of error” into Him, and died. Death separates spirit from body, so when He died and was buried, the disobedient spirit, the spirit of error, came out of Him. We too by faith have been crucified, buried and raised with Him in order for the disobedient; “spirit of error” to come out of us too! You “were” an “idol temple” but now you are the “Temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you” (1 Corinthians 3:16). Through our being co-crucified, buried and raised in Christ, we have been freed once and for all from the “spirit of error” the one operating in the sons of disobedience.
To summarize: through the Cross, God has removed your heart of stone, given you a new heart, given you God’s very own Holy Spirit in place of the spirit of error, forgiven you, made you righteous, transformed you from an idol temple into the temple of the Living God, made you into a brand new creature in Christ and restored to you the “hope of glory!”
The Fall of man came about from believing a lie, the lie that we could be like God. The deception was so deep God gave the Commandments to awaken us that we might discover another spirit had moved in (Ephesians 2:2). It’s as if He’s saying, “Oh, so you think you can be like me”? Well, how bout you start by doing these ten things? God never once thought man could “keep” these commands but man had to come to see this for himself.
The real reason for giving the Law was to kill us, “the letter kills”, it’s a “ministry of death” (2 Corinthians 3:6-7). We had to die to our union with the “spirit of error” (1 John 4:6). The Law’s purpose is to “shut our mouths”, “hold us accountable to God” and give us “the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:19-20). The Law is a “schoolmaster to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24). “The Law is holy, righteous and good” (Romans 7:12) but it can’t save us! Only Jesus Christ through His death, burial and resurrection can save us! We can’t fix the old man, he has to be crucified, buried and raised to new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-11; Galatians 2:20). Once that happens the Law has served its purpose and we walk in the Spirit by faith. We no longer trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1:9). We finally come to see “it’s no longer I who live but Christ.”
He is the life!
Christ is your very life (Colossians 3:4).
THE FIGHT OF FAITH
“We struggle and labor and fight in faith, because we have not yet discerned between soul and spirit, the hallmark of the mature. We are constantly moved in the sense (soul) realm by the impact of the visible. We ‘see’ this and that failing or lack. We ‘feel’ depression. We ‘hear’ an unceasing stream of unbelieving talk. All this affects our minds and conditions and we seem to have pressing down upon us a mountain of oppression, darkness, inability to maintain our grip on the invisible. We struggle, we strive, and the best we can do is dumbly, without feeling or sight, to “cling-heaven by the hems;” and the worst which we more often do, is to let faith go for a season.
The reason for all this is that we are still believing the lies of the senses, in place of the truths of the Spirit. For those who are still servants to the senses, what the senses convey is not a lie, but truth. But those who have crucified the flesh, who have attended their own personal funeral so far as accepting any more the sense interpretation of things, the outward appearances, who have celebrated their own resurrection as servants of the Spirit, accepting His revelations of truth, to such what the eyes see, what folks sense, what the emotions feel, are wholly suspect; and where such sights and sayings and feelings oppose faith, are treated as lying suggestions. They are exposed, they are renounced. No attention is paid to them; they are seen to belong to the realm of the soul, that is to the self in its relation to things earthly and bodily. But we are of the Spirit; our spirits, the self in relation to things spiritual are joined to His Spirit: and in that new nature of reality we steadily affirm and maintain our immersion in all light, substance and power, and that it will be manifested for us according to need.”